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Vol. XII, no. 2

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition

November 2000

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TCU Press Annual Autograph Extravaganza
By Barbara Standlee

Stephen Harrigton Stephen Harrigan, author of Gates of the Alamo, will be the featured speaker at the TCU Press Autograph Extravaganza. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, December 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Visitors are invited to browse, enjoy refreshments and visit with over 30 local authors who will be on hand to sign books.

Harrigan is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His articles and essays have appeared in Texas Monthly, where he served as a senior editor, and in other publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Life. He is the author of six books and has worked on screenplays for both movies and television.

The Gates of the Alamo is a fictional account of the events leading up to and including the battle of the Alamo. It took Harrigan eight years to write, with much time spent in research and consultation with historians. The book has been received enthusiastically by critics including Alyson Hagy of the Boston Globe, "…Harrigan is a scrupulous student of history and an unstinting observer of human character. ….He….expertly unveils to us a Texas that is both gorgeous and treacherous." Publisher's Weekly called it "a compulsively readable historical drama on a grand scale.." and it is the first work of fiction ever endorsed by Alamo de Parras saying "we felt that you should know about this marvelous work of fiction described by some as the most accurate telling of the Alamo story ever written. Harrigan will speak at 5:00 p.m.

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